Originally Posted by justanotherskipro
Consistency is important SD. So is giving the customer what they paid for. If that is the 6 in the side pocket, show them how to hit that shot. Then go on to teach the why the three is a better choice instead of telling them the six is the "wrong" shot.
Intresting....but dont you think the customer would actually be pretty pissed off to learn that they wasted there money on 6....when they should have gone for 3?
It is like working in a ski shop....customer A comes in and says I want to buy a pair of XYZ skis. I could say ok...here you go...or I could ask, what do you want to use them for? and then perhaps suggest that actually aBC skis are better.
In ski teaching someone may say to me, that they want to improve their bumps....but I notice that they start their turns with a strong tail push....to fix that, you need to bring the pivot point back under the foot....then from there they can learn bumps....so even though they wanted to learn bumps...we would spend alot fo time on the groomed doing pivoting exercises....then I would take them back to the bumps....the key point is...even if they said they wanted to work on powder, or shot turns, or even carving...I would still need to fix this fundamental issue first...hence what they want really only changes the "flavour" of the lesson...ie, where we will apply the new idea...but the original MA will not change...online here, where you are obviously only doing the MA then...it follows that knowing what someones goals are...is irrelevant.
CCT (customer centered teaching) is great...it is actually a CSIA concept...but that does not mean blindly doing what the client asked for...the ultimate goal of CCT is to set the client up for success. No amount of stuff will help this persons bumps without fixing there fundamentals. It is the ultimate job of the pro to lay out this path for the client...not the other way around.
In a typical SS setting this idea of students goals is really overstretched. Sure students have ambition, and that is great....but generally at the SS level...(ie not race camps or bump camps)...improving a persons fundamentals will help them whatever their goals are...ie...good solid fundatmentals will allow a skier to rip high speed GS, rip the bumps, rip the pow...etc etc.
Sure when you start competing in bumps or racing, then tactics become very important...and this is case specific...ie, no point in showing someone about the riseline if they want to be a bumper....but that is obviously an extreme example that I do not beleive would be an issue in 99% of all SS lessons.